Merely looking at the final score of last Tuesday, April 15 game against Belle Plaine wouldn’t be a fair indicator on how the boy’s baseball team faired. The 10-0 shutout loss looks ugly, but the Royals squandered many early scoring opportunities and let the game get out-of-hand.
“In the fourth and sixth innings, we got on our heels and did not make plays,” said Royals’ coach Justin Stohs.
The Royals were competitive early, advancing four runners into scoring position early, only to leave them stranded and scoring zero runs.
In his first outing of the year, Royals’ pitcher Zach Iten pitched very well, going four innings and allowing three runs – non of which were earned. Billy Stauffer would come on in relief for Iten and also pitched solid.
The game was ultimately decided by the six errors the Royals committed on defense as Belle Plaine plated seven runs in the bottom half of the sixth.
“I think if we had gotten a couple of those runs early, we would’ve had a great chance to win the game,” said Stohs. That would have turned the momentum in our favor and who knows what could’ve happened from there.”
The Royals looked to rebound from last weeks loss Monday, April 21 against Sibley East. What began as a pitcher’s duel for the first five innings, the Royals were able to string along consecutive hits and put up four runs in the sixth. Royals’ pitching allowed just two hits as WMHS came away with the 6-0 win over Sibley East.
Andrew Nichols and Zach Iten again teamed up to pitch another outstanding game for the Royals.
“When we put together good pitching and defense, along with timely hitting, we build confidence and feel we can beat anyone,” said Stohs.
The Royals hit the road for Thursday, April 24 game against Norwood Young America, before coming home to face HLWW on Friday.
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